Steve McQueen (Paperback)

Full-Throttle Cool

By Dwight Zimmerman, Greg Scott (By (artist))

Motorbooks, 9780760347454, 96pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

List Price: 19.99*
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Rediscover, or experience for the first time, the incredible life story of a true American icon.

Steve McQueen said, "I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts." Fortunately for us, he was the best of both.

McQueen left an indelible imprint as one of Hollywood's sexiest leading men. His masterful film roles in Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Papillion have been often imitated but never repeated. An actor, motorcycle and automobile racer, and all-around gearhead, McQueen also epitomized the American dream, rising from hardscrabble circumstances to become one of the most famous movie stars in the world.

Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool presents McQueen's life story in an artistic, graphic-novel format. It covers his entire life, from his earliest years growing up in a suburb of Indianapolis to his death from mesothelioma. Learn all about his stunning movie career, in which he defined the antihero archetype. The cool panache he brought to the screen was perhaps only matched by his adrenaline-pumping racing exploits. Get the full measure of both from this book.

About the Author

Dwight Jon Zimmerman is a best-selling and award-winning author, radio show host, and producer and the president of the Military Writers Society of America. Zimmerman has authored the text for several graphic novels, including the acclaimed The Hammer and the Anvil, a dual biography of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. His other titles include The Vietnam War: A Graphic History and Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also the co-author, with Bill O'Reilly, of the New York Times number-one bestseller Lincoln's Last Days.

Greg Scott is a comic-book artist who has done stints at both Marvel and DC Comics, working on such series as Gotham Central and Case Files: Sam and Twitch. He's also a film fanatic and he typically watches two movies a day. The aesthetic of film informs his work, more so than traditional drawing. Get sneak peeks at his blog:

Praise For Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool

"This 96-page graphic-novel-style biography reads with the punch of a teletype and looks like the storyboard of a summer blockbuster. By the time you've finished enjoying this book, there will be little doubt in your mind why McQueen is a patron saint of motorsports, and everything associated with him ranks as holy relic."

- Hemmings Muscle Machines

"If you're an avid Steve McQueen fan, you need this book in your collection." -"

- Mustang Monthly

"I am an avid reader, but I'm not usually one to pick up a biography. This one drew me in, however. The graphic novel format of Full Throttle Cool was a more inviting style that's designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences, and I consumed all 96 pages in a single sitting. McQueen's exploits have a, "Wait, this guy was for real?" quality that keeps the pages turning. The story is told through dialogue and background text, and rises above the occasionally stilted prose that's often found in comics. Motorbooks is an imprint of Quarto Publishing best known for glossy historical tomes on automobiles and motorcycles. This graphic novel is a new direction, and it's an entertaining way to learn about an often-overlooked automotive icon."


"For fans who want to learn more, there's a new book - a graphic book, really, done in artistic style, with drawings and dialogue - that captures McQueen pretty well."


"Complete with striking illustrations and entertaining anecdotes, its an evocative approach to an already much-covered personality."

- Automobile Magazine

"By the time you've finished enjoying this book, there will be little doubt in your mind why McQueen is a patron saint of motorsports, and everything associated with him ranks as holy relic."

- Hemmings

"All done in a bold realistic drawing style, this is one adventure you won't want to miss. I can't think of anyone who would not have anything but praise for Steve McQueen and this book honors his legacy."


"A graphic novel about everybody's favorite coolest man ever. This Motorbooks publication tells the story of McQueen's career, his racing and motorcycle adventures, and his dedication to charity work."

- Hot Rod

"We think of these graphic publications as being focused on young teenagers but I think anyone will enjoy this one." -"

- The Auto Channel

"The book, by author Dwight Jon Zimmerman and artist Greg Scott (from Motorbooks).... is seriously cool. It covers his whole life in a hundred pages, from acting to racing (both bad and good, though he much preferred racing) with some interesting takes on certain infamous episodes."


"Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool is a good introductory graphic novel/biography for motorsports or Steve McQueen fans, as well as readers who might not be as familiar with the man."

- Petrolicious